Expect Great Things From God; Attempt Great Things For God

The title and text of this message was borrowed from a sermon preached by William Carey on May 30, 1792. A result of this message was that when preached it was preached to an association at Nottingham, England,  the men later started the English Baptist Missionary Society on October 2, 1792. Later Carey became known as the father of modern missions. Below is an outline that was developed after contemplating the passage in question.

Title: “Expect Great Things From God; Attempt Great Things For God!”

Text: Isaiah 44:2-3Isaiah 44:2-3
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2 Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. 3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:  

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(Isaiah 44:2-3Isaiah 44:2-3
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2 Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. 3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:  

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) “Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:”  (KJV)

Introduction:

•    In our text we find that God is reminding Israel through Isaiah that God is going to restore them as a nation!
•    The Millennial Reign of Christ is in view here!
•    Tucked away in this prophesy is a promise you and I can count on!
•    Verse two teaches that we have help, and verse three teaches us that we will be able to serve the Lord through the ministry of the Holy Ghost!
•    I want us to see from this message that we have a unique relationship with God, we that are saved, and that we should move forward for His glory!

Proposition: There are two simple axioms that I want us to start living by as a church found in our text.

I.    We Should Expect Great Things From God!

(Isaiah 44:2Isaiah 44:2
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2 Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.  

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) “Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.”  (KJV)

A.    Everything God gets involved in is great!

B.    Nothing He does is mediocre!

C.    What great things can we expect? Whatever we need!
     a.    Opportunity to serve Him
     b.    Ample supply for our needs
     c.    His presence
     d.    His bounty in our arena of service
     e.    Souls to be saved
     f.    Missions to be started
     g.    Communities to be reached with the Gosepl!

D.    If He made us, formed us, helps us, chosen us, then why not expect great things from God

E.    He knows all about everything, and we need to just find out which way He is going and follow Him!

F.    Do you expect God to use the mission program here? Do you expect Him to exponentially multiply your mission dollars and support missions? Do you expect Him to use you?

II.    We Should Attempt Great Things For God!

(Isaiah 44:3Isaiah 44:3
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3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:  

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) “For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:”  (KJV)

A.    We should attempt great things because we have a great God to serve, and anything we do for Him is great!

B.    God proportions the work to the means! I.e. Water to thirsty, & water on Dry Ground

(Deuteronomy 33:25Deuteronomy 33:25
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25 Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be. Thy shoes: or, Under thy shoes  

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) “Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.”  (KJV)

C.    God has empowered us through His Spirit! – This should behoove us to move forward!

(Zechariah 4:6Zechariah 4:6
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6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. might: or, army  

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) “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”  (KJV)

D.    God has backed his will and commands up with His omnipotence!

E.    Attempt what great things:

     i.    Building a church
     ii.    Building a family
     iii.    Winning souls to Christ
     iv.    Being a missionary
     v.    Being faithful in the so-called mundane tasks for God’s glory!

F.    Is this church attempting great things for God in the arena of missions? Nothing will liven up and charge the church more than souls being saved and missions being carried out and supported!

Conclusion:

To The Sinner:

•    Repent and believe the gospel

To The Christian:

•    Expect Great things from God! – He will use you!!!!
•    Attempt great things for God! – Will you make yourself available????

Originally posted 2010-09-21 14:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Pastor, Have You Heard About Transporters For Jesus…

For many years now, I have heard about a ministry carried out by Brother Arnold Worley, and his wife, Wanda. They live in Marion, North Carolina and are members of Temple Baptist Church where Gerald Stines is the fine pastor. This ministry, of course, is Transporters For Jesus!

Who Are The Worley’s?

Brother Arnold and Sister Wanda will have been married for 40 years this coming February 2011. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Arnold was saved on October 31, 1970 and Wanda has been saved for 50 years! To God be the glory!

What Is Transporters For Jesus?

This ministry was birthed into the heart of Brother Arnold in 1996 while taking a load of lumber to a missionary in Mexico. Understanding the need to help God’s servants carry out their calling by doing practical things like moving supplies, etc., Transporters For Jesus was born.

James 2:15-16James 2:15-16
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15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?  

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states, “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” 

To Brother Worley, it is all about helping the missionary or pastor get what they need to the field. They just want to help people of like faith to carry out the work of God. Whether it is moving someone to a new pastorate, or bringing a missionary’s belongings to a sea port to load onto a container for shipping to a remote part of the world, Transporters For Jesus is there!

How Are The Worley’s Supported?

The Worley family has been with Prayer Baptist Missions International since 1998. They are supported like any other missionary that you might know about. This monetary support helps them in many ways. They operate off of love offerings to cover expenses, but I can personally assure everyone, that you will not find a better deal than that!

What Are Some Highlights Of This Ministry?

To date, Transporters For Jesus has made around 600 moves since their inception in the middle 90’s. Though all of their moves are memorable, one stands out! While helping a church in Manhattan during September 11, 2001, they had the privilege to bring a shipment of Bibles. “It seemed everyone wanted Bibles!” Brother Worley stated.

How Do I Contact Transporters For Jesus?

Avenue #1 – Arnold & Wanda Worley
                    47 Marler Road 
                    Marion, NC 28752
                    828-230-5443

Avenue #2 – Temple Baptist Church
                    P.O. Box 1005
                    Marion, NC 28752
                    828-659-1471

Avenue #3 – Prayer Baptist Missions International
                    P.O. Box 160849
                    Boiling Springs, SC 29316
                    864-599-5132

Personal Testimony:

Just recently, my family moved to Blair, Nebraska, to start an Independent Baptist Church, from Winston,-Salem, North Carolina. We could not have found any better movers than the Worley family. They showed up on time and labored with us to get things loaded. Great personal care was given to every piece that was placed on the trailer. It meant so much to this family to have a part in our ministry that they were seen many times with tears in their eyes! I wholeheartedly recommend Transporters For Jesus!

FOR MORE INFO JUST CALL BROTHER ARNOLD WORLEY – 828-230-5443

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54155: Revival Revival

By Martyn Lloyd-Jones / Crossway Books & Bibles

Revival is the lifeblood of a vital church. Without the fervor revival brings, the church cannot accomplish its mission in the world. Yet today’s church is rife with apathy. How can revival be rekindled? Clearly and forcefully, Dr. Lloyd-Jones describes the circumstances which produced past revivals, discerns why each generation needs revival, and shows how revival will come about today. 316 pages, paper from Crossway.

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Originally posted 2010-11-02 23:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Pastoring In Obscurity

Most of God’s men serve in utter obscurity! Known by very few outside their community, God’s men live day by day trying to do the will of the Lord. This divine plan is to carry out their labors without seeking recognition by their peers. If there is any applause ordered, it is usually by those who have been personally helped by their pastor. Contentment with obscurity is contrary to human nature. Yet, this is what God orders for most. After all, God has not forgotten one of His servants and we are supposed to be focused on pleasing HIM only!

Joseph WAS Promoted From Obscurity… 

After living a life in obscurity while languishing in prison, Joseph was promoted to Vice President of Egypt. The Scripture is silent about the thoughts and feelings of this perfect type of Christ. Every pastor ponders what went through this young man’s mind. However, we can see that these years prepared him for his greatest role. Every now and then, God brings forth a vessel to place on His mantle piece. Just such a thing happened to Joseph!

What A Sight…

(1 Peter 5:61 Peter 5:6
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6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  

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) “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:”  (KJV)

What a beautiful sight to behold when God brings glory to himself through casting a spotlight on His man! On the other hand, it is a despicable sight to see a preacher that elevates himself. Every man of God can embrace the old nature’s desire for recognition, and act wrong with it. There is nothing sinful about wanting to be recognized for our labors, but we should let God elevate us. We are to humble ourselves and let God exalt us!

God Knows Best…

Great lessons of life are ingrained, experiences gained, and precepts are passed on because of a life of obscurity! Never should we despise the day of small things, nor should we be unhappy with our place of service. God is the Lord of the Harvest. He knows best where to plant His seeds. Though easier said than done, we should bloom where we are planted!

Conclusion…

Whether your place of service is in a large city, or a small unheard of hamlet, be content! When we think we are spinning our wheels, we are often doing the most good. Our estimation of the ministry, which God has so graciously given to us, is not always correct in its assessment. God is really good at keeping records, and one day the books will be opened. May we strive for that day, even though we may now live in obscurity!

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Originally posted 2010-09-29 23:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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